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Albany Legalizes MMA Fighting, Calls It "Gay Porn With A Different Ending"


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The New York State assembly has climbed to the top of the cage and drop-kicked its way into modernity with a new bill legalizing Mixed Martial Arts as a full-fledged professional sport. Should the measure ultimately win Governor Cuomo's signature (either by K.O. or tap out), New York will become the last state in America to legalize MMA.
The bill, which passed by a 113-25 vote, would allow for mixed martial artists to compete professionally in New York, and the CEO of UFC, the "major leagues" of MMA, has already assured fans it will host multiple events in the state before the end of 2016, including a massive pay-per-view bout at Madison Square Garden.
Opponents of the bill, and MMA itself, lodged a number of critiques against legalization, with multiple lawmakers claiming the sport is just way too gay. Manhattan Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell labeled the sport "gay porn with a different ending," during Tuesday's session, and stereotyped its bouts as brutal fights between "two nearly naked hot guys," according to the Daily News.
"If I wanted to see half naked men fighting in a cage over a belt and purse, I'd go to Fire Island," Assemblyman Matthew Titone joked before ultimately voting in support of the bill. Titone and O'Donnell are both openly gay.
“The truth is we are trying to stop and discourage violence in all these different ways,” said O’Donnell told the Times. “And then, for this, we just say it doesn’t matter.”
As the News points out, MMA was banned in New York state in 1997 when it was considered to be a no-holds-barred bloodsport. However, with a new rule structure in place and UFC's popularity on a massive upswing, Albany has deemed that the time is right to unleash hell in a cell.
"I understand there's divided opinion on mixed martial arts," Governor Cuomo said Tuesday. It was Cuomo himself who introduced a provision to legalize MMA in his January budget proposal said Tuesday, and he went on to stress that there's no better generator of state revenue than testosterone-fueled violence. "Some people believe it's violent, and by the way it's violent. But football is violent, boxing is violent, politics can be violent, so I do support mixed martial arts because it's also an economic generator," he said.
News of the bill's passage brought out the emotional side of big, burly men across the state.
Did you hear the news?? I've waited a long time for today and couldn't be more excited to have MMA legal in my hometown of New York!! Great day for MMA
Posted by Chris Weidman on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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